Monday, February 17, 2014

Later in February

Still on the go   It is Sunday night.  
Thursday was a busy day, decided to go to Sweet Tomatoes for supper.  No one would go with us as they had had a late lunch.  We went alone.  Do enjoy the soups and salads.
Thursday night is bingo night.   for the past 5 or 6 weeks.  I thought I had the correct change in my pocket.  I did not!   So I borrowed 75 cents off Mike.  and left the evening in debt 75 cents.  I have yet to bingo this year.
Boo Hoo.   Hi Barb!
Barb said she like to read our blog   so   Hi!
We will see if she reads this one.   We were surprised when we got out of bingo.  A friend had left a flat of strawberries.  Good!!
Friday we went to Busch Gardens.  Saw all 4 shows.  Paul Revere and the Raiders were there.  Then a song and dance show, and ice show and the last one was not the greatest.  Two groups supposedly competing against each other and it was not well done. 

Saturday I went to a quilt show in Lakeland with Beth and her sister.  I know why I do not quilt.  Beautiful quilts that take time and patience.
And color co-ordinating and an eye for appeal.  I enjoyed listening to the two girls talk about the quilts.

Sunday, Beth and I walked to church.  Went to Big Top this afternoon and the Girl Scouts were there with COOKIES.   Came home with 3 boxes.
Trefoils, thin mints and dosi does.   Will not open them for awhile.  Will have to get more next week.  Try out a new kind.  The girl was hoping to sell 2500 boxes so she could get a lap top.  If they sold out today she will be at 1500 boxes.  3 or 4 more weeks to go.

Mike and Edna stopped by, Bob, Mabel, Ernie and Jane rode with them to Bob Evans for supper.   And while there a bus full of people from the Fort Wayne area stopped for supper.  They are on their way to Sarasota for 2 weeks by the beach.   sounds like they were going to have fun.

and that's all for now.  Time to play some spider solitaire before heading for bed.   Good night have a good day.   jkc

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Florida State Fair and other outings

Feb. 11, 2014

February has been a busy month.  We were in Brooksville, Fl., for the South Eastern Area Rally on the 1st.  We arrived on Jan. 29th.  A pretty day.  the next 3 days were wet and cold.  We did turn on the furnace a few times.  The second night when we had the generator running I turned on the electric blanket and shortly after the generator was turned off I was in my warm bed.  Saturday and Sunday were pretty days.  I drove the handi-cap golf cart Thursday and Saturday.  Thurs. I had a quilt (from knit fabrics, warm and heavy)   wrapped around my legs, 5 layers on the top half of me, long johns under my jeans and those heat pads on my feet.  Kept warm and many liked the quilt.  Saturday was warm and fun.  We had visitors from Alabama for a few hours.  So good to see Martha and Merrill.

The next week the Florida State Fair started.  We waited until Monday the 10th to go.  Pretty day, not really crowded and a good time.  bought some black pepper from the Watkins booth and some "gripstiks"  Those straw looking things you put on plastic bags to close them.  Very neat.  You can use them on cereal bags, frozen veggies when you use half a bag, cookie bags.  etc.    Oh, that reminds me,  We, Beth and I, took Bob and Mable over to the cookie factory.  Mable got 8 dozen cookies for $3.50    We all got some brownie crisps and I also bought coconut cookies.  They are sold whole sale.  they are rejects, broken and some excellent condition but had some left over after all orders were filled.  So the two, no three, places we like to go, all have something to do with food.  Parksdale for strawberry sundaes or shortcake, TOFAYON for cookies and Sweet Tomatoes for soup and salad.  Come to think of it so does the State Fair and RV show.

Today we traveled to Sarasota, to Sun and Fun Resort for the Hoosier Cruiser luncheon.  We have a room from 11 to 3 with a buffet at noon.  Rick makes the reservations at the park and is our host.  It is ideal as we have time to visit without having to leave right after we eat.  7 of us went from our park.  Edna and Mike are not Hoosiers, but they are friends of the 5 Hoosiers here at Charlies.  So we said come on down!! Good Time.

When the 7 of us are together we all get out our cell phones to show each other the snow pictures from home.  And Doug T. sent us a beautiful picture of his home and snow.  He is tired of persons that are south telling him the temps and shirt sleeve weather.  We also got a group of pictures from him showing us his plowed drive etc.  Yes, snow can be so pretty, we are glad we are south!!!!      Our son has a plow on his pick up truck.  His wife uses the truck, Alan the snow blower and shovel.  Danielle has 2 contracts to plow some parking lots and they both plow a low income housing complex in Alexrandia.  Danielle even went to Indpls that first week in Jan. and worked for 24 hours straight.  She was not going to go, but they said $100 per hour.   When Alan got off work at 2am, he rode with her.  3 pick ups would go down the street.  first one in the middle and the other two a little behind it to do the sides. 

Our daughter teaches in Indpls. and missed the first week of January because of the snow and extreme cold.  Her comments to us, you know it is bad when Indy closes its schools.  She also have 4 feline bed warmers.  Especially if she has her electric blanket turned on.  then they are on the bed before she is in it. 

Tomorrow is flea market day, kettle corn and Ernie usually finds some tomatoes.  more food.!

Have a good day.  Watching the Olympics!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 17, 2014

January is half over.   Time does fly when you are having a good time.
Bob and Mable arrived Sunday and we have not stopped since.  Monday it was a trip around the area and to Parksdale for strawberries.  Tuesday it was Wall Mart for a new battery.  Wednesday was the flea market, McDonalds and more strawberries.  Thursday and Friday it was the Tampa Super RV Show.  Mable, Edna and I did not argue when the men said lets go to Bob Evans.  In fact we were about to say,  We are not cooking tonight!  And Saturday Mable wants to check out the Big Top Flea Market.  Sun it will be time for church.
A good time all week.  Today at the RV show there were 18 Hoosier Cruisers for lunch.  We know one couple bought a new coach, and the rest of us just bought stuff for our RV's.  We looked at many of the Class B RV's and left them all there.  We did talk with one of the salesmen from the Coach House Class B Factory.  It is located in Florida and we are thinking of going to Nokomis, Fl. and taking a tour of the factory.  You know that none of us have ever been thru a RV factory.   Besides this one is in the South.  We might learn something new.

Ernies brother David had open heart surgery this past Tuesday.  He came home today.  Their sister Aileen has been the person to be with David during this time and will stay with him for two weeks.  Ernie and I are so grateful that Aileen and John are there to care for David.  He is doing well and glad to be back home. 

We have had cool weather and the weather man said it will be cooler for the next month.  A day or two when it will be in the 70's but mostly cooler than that.  OK   The sun is shining and the lettuce is still growing.

The Brookville rally will be in another week.  We had a call from friends from Alabama that wanted to know if we would be there.  Be good to see them.

We are doing fine.  55 years together on the 24th.  Really,  always thought that over 50 years of marriage people were ancient.  And now there are days when I do feel ancient.  But life has been good, so won't complain.  Even tho "Arthur ritis" does visit most every day. 

Hey!  Have a good day or night.   jkc

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


It is cold every where, but Hawaii!!!!    Even here in Florida, it is down to 38 degrees at 9:40 pm.    there is a group of 4 couples. (well, one couple is
Beth and her Dad.) and we all pull out our cell phones to report what our families have to tell us about the cold and snow in Indiana and Ohio.  Mike and Edna live near Greenville, Ohio.   We are all glad we are in Florida, even if I did have to bring in my plants for two nights.

The holidays were quite warm.  The weather man kept saying, unseasonly warm.  School is back in session here.  Nancy said the Supt. for Indy must be from the South.  If he were from Green Bay, they would be back in school.  No school Wednesday either.  Alan reports about the snow plowing he and Daniel have been doing.  Tired of the work, but will be happier when that pay check comes.

We have had a few radishes and lettuce from my "container" garden.  The onions were just planted and so are not big enough yet.   May get a tomato plant yet this month.  Charlie gets a kick out of my little garden.  An interesting man, that all of us living here, do not always understand why he does what he does, sometimes.  Charlie is the owner of our park.

The Bob Evans we have gone to the past few years closed this summer.
A sink hole developed under it.  And the building started to crack.  They closed and a week later the kitchen was down 4 feet.  The building is still standing and they have put lots of cement under it.  They will tear down the building.  May build a new Bob Evans later.  Even with the cement I am not sure I want to go there. 

Go Colts!   I think they ought to practice outside this week to be prepared for this week ends game.  COLD.  

enough,  write more later.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014